Minecraft Getting a ‘Marketplace Update’

Minecraft Getting a ‘Marketplace Update’

Minecraft is a game that is still growing despite it’s age. ‘Marketplace Update’ is the proof of this. Every gamer has at least once played Minecraft, at least for five minutes. Since the game’s community and player base is still quite large, Minecraft developers never stop handing out updates.

According to our sources Microsoft plans on creating a new Minecraft online store. In this store you’ll be able to purchase user-generated maps, skins and texture packs. Similar to DLC expansions in other games, but this content was made by third-party. Mostly other teams of players have created this content and the online marketplace would be a place to find it all.

Minecraft Marketplace will also host company’s own goods as well as the creations of other players. It’s supposed to be released in the upcoming spring. Of course, the mods that were always free will stay that way, which is good news.

In the past there was a gap between the first-party and third-party creators. Both sold their creations on different websites and were restricted by different platforms. This will solve this problem once and for all.

The purchases will be made using the currency called Minecraft Coins that can be bough with real money. While some think this is a bad idea, others rejoice at the thought of it. Different opinions are present of course. But we personally think that this will motivate third-party creators to create quality content.

Here’s a short preview of the Marketplace:


Minecraft Marketplace – How Will It All Work?


The Marketplace is attached to your Xbox Live account, and the currency it uses cannot be found in-game. This is one of the aspects we don’t really support. We understand the need for real time money. But we’d also like to be able to earn some coins while playing. It doesn’t have to be a large amount. However we believe that the players should be rewarded for playing the game for thousands of hours!

The third-party content creators will rejoice however. Since they will be getting at least 50% of all the earnings their items made. Minecraft developers and the Microsoft will however take their cut of course. They provide the service after all and this is completely justified.

The console users are out of luck this time it seems! Markeplace isn’t coming on consoles, at least not anytime soon. PC, tablet and mobile users however will be able to make purchases at the time of release.

There was a press event where representatives of Microsoft’s Minecraft team have shown some packs that will be available. They include nine creators that have been chosen to launch the service. Sphax, Blockworks, Imagiverse and Noxcrew are some of the most famous ones.
The pack include:

  1. Skyfair: Floating island that feature bunch of mini-games
  2. Pastel Skin Pack: Pastel art style skins
  3. Pirate Map: Sunken galleons, swashbuckling combat map
  4. Automaton Dreams: Cyberpunk map focused on adventring and exploration
  5. Stone Age Texture Map: Cave-dwellers and dinosaurs

These are some of the most anticipated game pack but much more is sure to come! So what do you think, will this Marketplace fail or succeed? Is it a good idea, or is it just another scheme to make money?


2 Replies to “Minecraft Getting a ‘Marketplace Update’”

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